Alkaline Reserve/ Acid Base (pH) Balance
Adequate alkaline reserves help prevent osteoporosis.
Alkaline Reserve Related to Osteoporosis
One of the main causes of osteoporosis is too much acid in the body. Most of the acid in the body comes from a poor diet. When the body has too much acid, it has to neutralize the acid; it does that with minerals. The biggest reserve of minerals in your body is in your bones.
Thinking of the bones as a savings account, when we spend too much money (eating too many acid producing foods) we start to dip into our savings account (our bones), and as we continue on our spending spree (poor diet), we eventually go into debt (osteoporosis).
Alkaline Reserve Related to Hormone Issues
Every enzyme, every hormone, and every receptor for those hormones in the body are dependent upon the pH. It may take twice as much of the same hormone at a new pH than what it would have at a normal pH.
When the pH balance is off, the body cannot communicate effectively. Imagine if this room was submerged with water and we continue to talk, you hear my voice but you really couldn’t quite make out what I was saying. That is what it is like for our cells.
Helping cells communicate better by changing the environment in which the hormones function supports the organs that create hormones.
Body pH is very important because pH controls enzyme activity as well as the speed that electricity moves through the body. In fact, pH controls the speed of the entire body’s biochemical reactions.
Dietary habits impact the body’s pH levels, and pH will in turn control activity of every metabolic function. When the body is too acidic, less oxygen is available to the cells. This is why an acid pH creates an environment for cancer to thrive.
Conditions associated with poor pH balance include bone loss, weak immunity, joint stiffness, achy muscles, chronic fatigue, cognitive decline, sleep disruption, acid reflux and various other digestive issues, cardiovascular disorders, atopic disorders, and allergies.
Identifying and correcting pH imbalances can be key in restoring optimum health.
- The acid base status of the total diet, rather than calcium intake or excretion, determines calcium balance.
- Foods which cause a net acid excretion include meat, fish, cheeses and grains. Fruit and vegetables have a net alkaline value and consequently reduce acid excretion.
- Once enzymes, hormones and their receptors are outside their optimum pH, they continue to function, but at the reduced rate.
- Without proper pH levels, it is difficult for the cells to incorporate the necessary nutrients, oxygen, and energy for good health. Less tissue oxygen creates an anaerobic environment that favors yeast, viruses, fungus, bacteria, and cancer.